WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE 2017 SCIWRF FESTIVAL?
AUGUST 12 and 13, 2017
Saturday, August 12: 9am to 5pm - Official Opening Ceremony and Welcome to Country, Cool Harmonies Community Choir followed by one-hour panel discussions, authors’ presentations and workshops.
Saturday, August 12: 6pm to 11pm - First-ever official Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam Championships featuring 2014 Australian Poetry Slam champion Zohab Zee Khan plus music from original singer-songwriters Barry Charles, Jay Bishoff, Andrea Kirwan, Sharon Brookes and inspiring hip-hop band The Lyrical. This is a licensed event.
Sunday, August 13: 9am to 5pm - One-hour panel discussions, author presentations and workshops PLUS Children's Day featuring children's and Young Adult writers and free children's craft workshops. Two 'fairy house and troll cave' craft workshops hosted by award-winning author 16-year-old Samara Wellbourne. These workshops need bookings and payment with all funds going to Samara's Bali library fundariser and Sippy Creek Animal Refuge.
WHERE WILL THE SCIRWF FESTIVAL BE HELD?
The Festival will be held at Coolum Beach in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Festival events will take place in Coolum Civic Centre (main venue and Festival Office and Bookshop), and Jack Morgan Park (two marquees and Artisans' Alley featuring quality food and craft stalls) which wraps around the civic centre.
DO I NEED TO BUY TICKETS TO SCIRWF EVENTS?
The Festival offers One-Day and Two-Day Tickets for the 9am to 5pm events plus separate tickets to the Saturday night Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam Championships. Jack Morgan Park will host Artisan Market Stalls during the two-day Festival and the park is open to the public.
WHEN WILL TICKETS GO ON SALE?
Early Bird discount tickets are available from our website through Eventbrite ticketing from June 1 to June 30. Full-price tickets then go on sale through the website from July 1. The Festival’s Ticket Office will open at 8am Saturday, August 12 in the Coolum Civic Centre where ticket buyers will be issued with their wristbands. Tickets can also be purchased at the Festival Office during the weekend but it is recommended that these are bought online well before the festival to avoid delays and sell-outs.
WHAT ARE THE TICKET PRICES?
Ticket prices are yet to be confirmed. Children in primary school are free, high school students half-price and senior pensioner discounts will be available.
HOW DO I PICK UP MY TICKETS?
The Festival Ticket Office will be open from 8am at Coolum Civic Centre on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Ticketholders should present their receipts to be issued with armbands. Tickets are available to purchase during the festival but it is recommended that to avoid long queues and sell-outs, tickets should be bought online well before the festival dates.
WHEN WILL THE SCIRWF PROGRAM BE AVAILABLE?
The full Festival program will be launched online on June 1. Souvenir Festival Programs are available at the Festival Office during the event.
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CAN I VOLUNTEER?
The Festival is working with local community groups and regional university campuses to organise invited volunteers who will gain much benefit from the event in terms of experience, mentoring and networking. If you are interested, please contact our Festival office with your details. A Volunteer Orientation Day will be held just prior to the festival to determine roles and rosters. Date TBA.
CAN I BE A PART OF THE FESTIVAL AS A WRITER?
The Festival committee is currently curating the program. Please email our Festival office for possible inclusion, just add a short bio and your presentation idea and we will determine if your work fits in with our themes and program.